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Henry VI part 2

3.30 pm. Saturday 15th August, 2020.

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Shall we read it all?

If we want to read all Shakespeare’s works in the order they were written, and be finished by 2022, then one way of doing it is in the list below.

There’s a chance Titus Andronicus was first so I’ve brought it forward.

1  The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589–1591)    May 2020

2  The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591)         May

3  Henry VI, Part 2 (1591)                     June

4  Henry VI, Part 3 (1591)                      July

5  Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592)                July

6  Titus Andronicus (1591–1592)                 Aug

7  Richard III (1592–1593)                      Sept

8  Edward III (1592–1593)c 50% by WS             Oct            

9   The Comedy of Errors (1594)                  Oct

10  Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595)             Nov

11  Love's Labour's Won (1595–1596)          Doesn’t exist

12  Richard II (1595)                           Nov

13  Romeo and Juliet (1595)                     Dec

14  A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)            Jan 2021

15  King John (1596)                            Feb

16  The Merchant of Venice (1596–1597)          Feb

17  Henry IV, Part 1 (1596–1597)                Mar

18  The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)           Mar

19  Henry IV, Part 2 (1597–1598)                Apr

20  Much Ado About Nothing (1598–1599)          Apr

21  Henry V (1599)                             May

22  Julius Caesar (1599)                        June

23  As You Like It (1599–1600)                  June

24  Hamlet (1599–1601)                          July

25  Twelfth Night (1601)                        Aug

26  Troilus and Cressida (1600–1602)            Aug

27  Sir Thomas More (1592–1595; 40% WS?   ?

28  Measure for Measure (1603–1604)            Sept

29  Othello (1603–1604)                         Done!

30  All's Well That Ends Well (1604–1605)       Sept

31  King Lear (1605–1606)                      Oct

32  Timon of Athens (1605–1606)                 Nov

33  Macbeth (1606)                              Dec

34  Antony and Cleopatra (1606)                 Jan 2022

35  Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607–1608)         Feb 2022

36  Coriolanus (1608)                            Feb

37  The Winter's Tale (1609–1611)                Mar

38  Cymbeline (1610)                             Apr

39  The Tempest (1610–1611)                      May

40  Cardenio (1612–1613)  Shakespeare?           June

41  Henry VIII (1612–1613)    50% ?              June

42  The Two Noble Kinsmen (1613–1614)    50% ?   June 2022
Queen Mab’s Chariot exactly as described by Mercutio

What are we all doing?

Our group came together to read the works of Shakespeare. We had the idea before lockdown started. We switched to zoom when the lockdown hit.

We evolved from a previous reading group that read Proust’s monumental Remembrance of Things Past. That group met in person at Highgate Library near Highate tube.

I think we are in a golden age for appreciating Shakespeare. He is available in audio files- there are really great versions of his work on Audible. It’s easy to get TV and movie versions, and to get written versions as ebooks, paper books etc. The Internet also makes it easy to get hold of criticism and scholarly study, and Shakespeare’s own sources.